From 1957 to 1963, a game show called Who Do You Trust? aired on ABC. Hosted by Johnny Carson and emceed by Ed McMahon until they left for The Tonight Show, this game was produced live at The Little Theater on 44th Street in New York City. In the game, three couples competed against each other in a quiz. Johnny Carson would give the male contestant of the couple the category of the question that would be asked and the man would then have to make a decision. Would he answer the question on his own, trusting in his ability to answer it, or would he trust the woman to answer it.
In life, when faced with decisions or difficulties, we have a similar choice to make. We can choose to trust in man, to trust in ourselves, or we can choose to trust in God. God’s Word tells us that when we trust in man, when we trust in our own strength, we are cursed and our hearts are turned from God (Jeremiah 17:5). When we trust in our own strength, we are like a shrub that grows in the desert, withering away in the wilderness (Jeremiah 17:6). On the other hand, when we choose to trust in God, we are blessed (Jeremiah 17:7).
Trusting in God rather than in ourselves makes us like a tree that is planted by a river or stream. As the tree becomes rooted in the life-giving water of the river or stream, we become rooted in God and receive His living water. A tree planted by water does not need to fear when the heat comes. Its leaves will remain green, it will be free from drought, and will continue to bear fruit. When we are rooted in God, we do not need to fear the heat of life’s troubles. The droughts of life will not touch us and we will continue to prosper and bear fruit in our lives (Jeremiah 17:8).
The question is, “Who do you trust?” The choice is ours to make, trust in man, in ourselves, or trust in God. From where I stand, the choice is easy.